The Spanish government claims its education reform is based on human rights and raising academic standards. But other motives become apparent in a law that seeks to roll back the use of Catalan in the northern region’s schools. This is the first article in a two-part series.
Fuelled by the economic meltdown, the wave of pro-independence fervour in Catalonia became Spain’s most prominent political issue in 2012. At its crest stands Artur Mas. In germinating the seeds that could one day blossom into a new Iberian state, Mas, for better or for worse, has been the most prominent Iberian of the Year.
Fuelled by the economic meltdown, the wave of pro-independence fervour in Catalonia became Spain’s most prominent political issue in 2012. At its crest stands Artur Mas.
Catalan premier Artur Mas explains in English his plans regarding independence from Spain. He will seek reelection in a regional poll on November 25 and a mandate to hold a referendum on Catalonia breaking away from Spain.
The growing distance between Catalonia and the rest of Spain is becoming problematic, and could now be considered one of the most important tail risks facing the euro. When Spain finally asks the EU for a rescue, Europe’s leaders must use the opportunity to promote dialogue and search for viable solutions.
The Catalan Socialist Party struggles to respond to the challenge posed by Artur Mas’s push for independence.